Primary 1 Show and Tell: Free template for Show and Tell and important tips to Help Your Child Prepare


What will your children be learning for Primary 1 English? 

One of the key learning objective for Lower Primary English is to build a solid foundations in linguistics, primarily in three core areas:

  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Writing and speaking proficiently
  3. Core grammar fundamentals and vocabulary.

Your child will need to acquire basic comprehension skills, build a fortress of rich vocabulary and sound grammar.

In today’s blog, we will focus on what you can do to help your child ace the Primary 1 Show and Tell.

What is Show and Tell? 

In line with MOE’s direction to impart 21st Century Competencies to our students. Show and tell is a form of assessment and a requirement for all Primary 1 and Primary 2 children who do not have formal examinations.


Show and Tell is akin to public speaking, where the school teachers will impart public speaking skills to the children based on different themes.

Most kindergartens in Singapore have already introduced to the concept of show and tell at preschool, when they are encouraged to bring an item from home and share or explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it from and other relevant information. For instance, children at K1 and K2 levels will get Parent-and-Child assignments like “Recycling” where they will construct a project artwork with recycled products about their neighbourhood and present them in schools. 


What are the benefits of Show and Tell ?

  1. Increase the child’s confidence to speak up in a group setting.
  2. They will also learn to craft story-telling skills, as well as conceptual thinking to make the presentation cohesive. 
  3. Learn key social skills like learning to listen to others respectfully when others are presenting.


What is the weightage for Show and Tell?

For most schools, it is conducted as a weighted assignment and comprises about 25% of the Primary One English Language score.


How can you help your child prepare for Primary One Show and Tell?

As teachers usually give ‘Show and Tell’ as a weighted assessment during Term 2 or Term 3, you can  talk to your children at the start of the term about Show and Tell. Take comfort that primary schools will generally provide a Show and Tell Primary 1 template for you to work with. Most Primary One students will be given two to four weeks advance preparation time. The school will also inform the parents and send instructions to parents on how to help prepare their children for the two-minute speech. 

How do schools conduct show and tell?

Different schools have different format. In Temasek Primary, it is termed as ‘Pick and Tell’ where children will pick a card with. a question or prompt. Based o n what they have chosen, the child will be given time to talk about the topic. The topics selected by school teachers follow the MOE parameters and are usually simple ones like “My favourite food”, “My Hobbies.” or “My family”. 

How will students be graded?

Students are graded on three areas: Content, Language and Presentation Skills. 


Is it relevant? The teacher will be looking out for the ideas to the given topic and the organisation of the presentation like if the order of the sequence of events, if the student is about to share the content in a logical manner.



Pronunciation counts. Click here for a video on the most commonly mispronounced words in Singapore. This is where you will definitely need to aware of the possible pitfalls in mispronunciation.  The teacher will review if the student meets the level of Primary One English.  They will listen out for accurate pronunciation of words, correctly formed grammatical sentences and the usage of any high-level vocabulary words. 

Presentation skills

Watch the posture and body language. The teacher will be on a lookout to see if the student have good body language and eye contact. Make sure that your child is able to project his/her voice. 

Your child is not allowed to read from any notes or cue cards during the show and tell. Do note that you will need to have some form of practice and memorisation of lines.


Final tips on scoring AL1 for that Show and Tell!

  • Let your child lead and support your child in preparing the material such as selecting the pictures or research on the topic. This will give your child better understanding of the subject and more confidence, not to mention, a sense of control over the final output.
  • Prepare a plan and arrange the sequence of the presentation.
  • Encourage your child to use his/her own words as much as possible.
  • Practise with your child. Prepare to record and video your child practicing so they can see  themselves in action. This will also highlight areas that he/she can improve on.
  • Remind your child to maintain eye contact, increase voice volume, enunciate words properly and add some appropriate gestures during the presentation.
  • Have fun and be encouraging 



With the increasing number of foreigners making Singapore their second home and more affluent families setting up Singapore family offices, the popularity of international schools and International Baccalaureate Programme is now on a rise. This brings to question, what are the list of IB schools in Singapore? What are the tuition fees for (most) international schools which offer them?

Singapore has a stellar reputation when it comes to education even when it comes to IB.It is no secret that IB students in Singapore have been performing well above expectations for the last few years. To get into an IB Programme, students will either have to enrol into an International School or join a handful of local schools like SOTA, Singapore Sports School, ACS, MGS and SJI which offer Integrated Programmes Pre-IB Programme (akin to the Middle Years). 

In the year 2021, over 50% of Singapore IB students (133 out of 238) are perfect scorers. This means that these students are getting a total of 45 points out of 45 points  with 42 points generated across the 6 subjects and 3 bonus points derived from Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.) In 2022, students who sat the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma exams in Singapore in November 2022 have once again done well. Their average score was 39.5 out of 45, higher than the global average of 30.9 and Asia-Pacific average of 35.6.

Where Can I Study The IB in Singapore?

There are close to 30 schools in Singapore offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) from local schools like Singapore Sports School, SOTA, ACSI, SJI to International schools like Australia International School, Tanglin to United World College.

Even preschools like Etonhouse have started a full IB programme from IB Primary Years (PYP) to Middle Years (MYP) to IBDP. Students are now able to study the two-year pre-university course at Etonhouse in their Orchard Campus.

List of schools that offer the IBDP programmes in Singapore with Annual Tuition Fees* (Please contact the respective educational institutions to get the latest tuition fees)

ACS (International) Singapore

IBDP offered since: 2006

Annual tuition fees: $25,410 – $36,960

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

IBDP offered since: 2005

Annual tuition fees: $26,400

Australian International School, Singapore

IBDP offered since: 2010

Annual tuition fees: $42,852

Canadian International School (Lakeside Campus)

IBDP offered since: 2002

Annual tuition fees: $40,900

Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah Campus)

IBDP offered since: 2004

Annual tuition fees: $32,788

Dover Court International School

IBDP offered since: 2017

Annual tuition fees: $33,855


Dulwich College (Singapore)

IBDP offered since: 2017

Annual tuition fees: $46,840


GEMS World Academy, Singapore

IBDP offered since: 2016

Annual tuition fees: $40,640



IBDP offered since: 2006

Annual tuition fees: $34,810



IBDP offered since: 2005

Annual tuition fees: $18,945


Hillside World Academy

IBDP offered since: 2007

Annual tuition fees: $33,900


Hwa Chong International School (HCIS)

IBDP offered since: 2008

Annual tuition fees: $28,890


ISS International School Singapore (High School)

IBDP offered since: 2000

Annual tuition fees: $38,647


Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah

IBDP offered since: 2018

Annual tuition fees: N/A


Nexus International School (Singapore)

IBDP offered since: 2008

Annual tuition fees: $40,338


NPS International School

IBDP offered since: 2010

Annual tuition fees: $24,900


One World International School (OWIS)

IBDP offered since: 2019

Annual tuition fees: $20,136


Overseas Family School

IBDP offered since: 1994

Annual tuition fees: $41,000


School of The Arts Singapore (SOTA)

IBDP offered since: 2010

Annual tuition fees: $27,600 (international students)


Singapore Sports School (SSP)

IBDP offered since: 2013

Annual tuition fees: N/A


St Francis Methodist School

IBDP offered since: 2019

Annual tuition fees: $20,709


St Joseph’s Institution

IBDP offered since: 2008

Annual tuition fees: $26,400 (international students)


St. Joseph’s Institution International

IBDP offered since: 2007


Annual tuition fees: $34,058

Stamford American International School

IBDP offered since: 2014

Annual tuition fees: $42,590


Tanglin Trust School

IBDP offered since: 2009

Annual tuition fees: $41,067


United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Dover Campus

IBDP offered since: 1977

Annual tuition fees: $40,125

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), East Campus

IBDP offered since: 2012

Annual tuition fees: $40,125


Click here to see List of IB Schools in Singapore

At the Learning Space, our team of school teachers and tutors can guide you or your child in their journey towards IBDP excellence. We have a strong team of current IB tutors and MOE trained teachers who are ready to support your child in their learning journey.

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“Should I choose JC over Poly?” is THE perennial question that all secondary students (or their parents) have to ask themselves.

Despite the pandemic, the 2021 batch of Sec Four and Sec Five students achieved the best O-level results in at least 30 years with close to 90% of the students attaining 5 or more passes. This is indeed impressive and reflects strongly the resilience of our students in Singapore.

According to the Ministry Of Education, over 50 percent of the 20,300 students who took O’levels in 2020, were posted to the five polytechnics. Another close to 40 percent of these O’levels holders were allocated slots in Junior Colleges and MI. Other 10 percent were posted to ITE. 


In every cohort of graduating Secondary 4 and 5 students, there will always be some students who have long decided on a polytechnic education. More often than not, this group of students are aware of their career aspirations and are keen to go to poly to further their goals vocationally. They are almost certain of their career path and see poly as a natural stepping stone that provides key industrial insights to their future career. Typically, these students are motivated and have the blessings of their parents, and they would choose to go for Early Admissions Exercise (known as EAE or the DSA route to Poly) so as to secure their ideal course before the release of O’levels results. 

There exists another group (which arguably may make up the majority) where these Secondary Four students would hover on ambivalence, and would keep their options open till they receive their results. Like most typical sixteen and seventeen year olds, they are uncertain about their career path and see the O’level results as a push and determinant nudge towards their future. They adopt ‘see-how’ mindset and will only decide and take the final plunge when they received their results.

Whichever group you belong too, in today’s blog post, let’s look at the advantages of choosing JC over Poly vice versa. 



Advantages of choosing JC  Disadvantages of choosing JC
1) Shorter duration – Two years over three years at a Polytechnic.  1) Potentially overwhelming workload – the JC Workload can be challenging and the pressure is on to perform above or within expectations within a span of less than two years for a high key national examination. 
2) A more direct route and better chance to enter local universities – With the current pandemic, it has become increasingly more appealing and competitive for students to stay in Singapore. Statistically, over 70 percent or more JC students get into Uni while 30% Poly students get into Uni (Local). There is admittedly more certainty to get into the local Universities when you go to JC.  2) No real change in the environment. The school rules continue, CCA remains similar and subjects available are still close to those offered in secondary. 
3) JC are more cost effective – It is cheaper (for Singaporeans especially). The cost of school fees for a non independent JC is less than $10 per month. School Fees for Polytechnic on the other hand is around $250 per month. Tuition grants are available for students. In addition to this, there is no need to factor in a ‘wardrobe budget’, in JC , you wear Uuniforms every day. Hurray for the budget and eco conscious. Another serious consideration that you need to have is that if you value a local University degree but have no budget to go overseas, JC is definitely a very attractive option. 3) Lack freedom, You feel ‘kiddie’ and a Fashionista nightmare – Unlike the Poly students, JC students can only wear their uniforms. Rules are stricter and you have your usual assembly and other familiar obligations. There are limited subjects to choose from and most are extensions from secondary school. 


4) It is similar to secondary school and you do not have to decide on your preferred course yet. A plus for students who have yet to decide on their career routes, JC would ‘buy more time’.  4) You will need to take another major national exams, the A’Levels in less than two years. You are stuck with subjects like GP which have gained the notoriety of being ‘hard to pass/score.’ Just as you are ‘recovering’ from O’Levels, you are ushered into another round of preparation for yet another National Exam. 

Choosing Poly or Jc is definitely a daunting task. Admittedly, It may seem more prestigious ‘to go on the ‘Junior College’ route, which is a path that leads to the studies of even more theoretical applications. However, it is pivotal to consider your own strengths and weaknesses before making the decisions. Do not choose a route because your best friend is choosing it. Talk to your seniors, parents or the school career counsellors, whatever your choice may be, our team of former and current MOE teacher tutors will be able to support you in your journey to academic excellence. Our online GP tuition starts from just $35 onwards. Get in touch with us today and let us support you in your academic endeavours with the best tutors in Singapore.